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1. Why Is The Number of White Women/Black Men Relationships So Much Higher Than Black Women/White Men?
Sat, Sep 25, 1999 - 2:26 PM/EST

I am truly baffled as to why there are so many more white women/black men relationships than black women/white men relationships. I am not even going to list my theories here because I would like to get your ideas without you feeling you have to respond to what I have written. I really would like some feedback on this issue. Thanks.

Sat, Sep 25, 1999 - 3:36 PM/EST

Hill, in response to your question: I have my own ideas as to why this is. I think in general women tend to be more compassionate people (not that men can't be.) I think we are more open and less afriad of straying from cultural norms. I think men are much more prone to socital pressures. Of course these are generalizations and there are always exceptions.

3. Response to hill
Sun, Sep 26, 1999 - 11:49 PM/EST

Well, this is my opinion: history, history, HISTORY! Over 2/3 of this country's history involves slavery. During slavery, as I'm sure you're well aware, the occurence of white slaveowners raping their black female slaves and biracial daughters was extremely common. I think there grew such a hatred of white men, especially representing slavery and the whole power structure, in general, that it became taboo for black women and white men to be involved.

In many cases, though, black men were beaten or killed for even looking at a white woman, so I'm not really sure why so many black men are with white women. That's a lot of history to get over, too.

Maybe it's because we, as women, can somewhat understand a piece of what discrimination feels like (although that is in no means saying that we understand what black men go through every day) so we can be understanding, but a white man has literally no idea what that feels like, because he is at the top of the ladder or food chain or whatever you want to call it. Who knows? Just throwing out a few suggestions.....

6. Brain Washed!!!
Mon, Sep 27, 1999 - 12:05 PM/EST

I believe some black men have such a warped sense of who they really are. During slavery their identity was totally stripped from them. I've heard some black men talk about why they date white women and they say black women have an attitude problem and give them too much lip. In their mind white women act the total opposite.

They do as they say and really i think that means when they tell them to bend over they do so. Not only that but i also think it's an economic status they think they are reaching. White women are usually associated with money and class where as black women are usually associated with section 8 and five kids with five different fathers at the age of 16. I say this only in saying what i think they believe. In no way do i believe this.

7. black/white relationships
Mon, Sep 27, 1999 - 1:01 PM/EST

I think ancientapple is absolutely right that it comes down to compassion. Women ARE discriminated against, so there's a basic level of understanding that's available for WW/BM couples. As to the reverse, my GUESS is that it's a societal norm. WW are "allowed" to think that BM are sexy, think athletes and male models, while the messages targeted to single men are thin white lingerie models. Why would a WM look to a BW when that's not what they are "supposed" to think is good-looking or sexy (and neither are their friends, who are, in my experience, often the litmus test to a successful relationship, perhaps even more than women's friends).

My hope, however naive, is that people will begin to see each other for what is really there and not for base their experience on the media messages we receive.

As to ravenc1's belief that WW "bend over" for BM, I have to say that my (black) husband would never treat any woman with disrespect or expect that they would bend to his will, mostly because of his awesome mom. Teach and they will learn.

9. Response to ravenc1
Mon, Sep 27, 1999 - 4:12 PM/EST

I agree with you, that for some black men, white women is the ultimate ideal, or whatever. It's like the movie "Jungle Fever," when Lonette McKee tells Wesley Snipes that he dated lighter and lighter until he got himself a white woman. I have also heard many black men say that black women are "too strong, too opinionated, too independent, too whatever..." and that white women will just do whatever they want, give them their credit cards, let them walk all over tham and not think twice.

That is not all relationships, but I know this goes on a lot. That is one of the reasons I detest the stereotype of the "typical" black male/white female relationship, where she is rebelling against her parents and venturing into the exotic realm, and he is just looking for a bank and a free car. I have to disprove that a lot, and another stereotype is that the white one wants to be black and the black one wants to be white...nonsense. Well, maybe for some, but not for me, my boyfriend, or most of my friends.

10. Denial?
Tue, Sep 28, 1999 - 1:11 PM/EST

It is interesting to me that the majority of people posting are white women in interracial relationships or parents of biracial children seemingly wanting validation or feel the need to defend there relationships.

I have lived in a military town outside of Seattle for the last 10 years and interracial relations are very common here. Although I hate to generalize people, my experience has overwhelmingly been the same. I have had conversations with many white women, because of the work I do and have been inside the homes of many of these women as well as had some exposure to interracial relationships in my own family.

Now, I'm sure I will get verbally attacked for saying this but usually you find, broken black men with identity issues and white women who are rebelling or have been rejected by white men in these relationships. White women usually expect to be preferred and black men are looking to find something that isn't there. You heard Bill say it in the film, "black boys spend all there time trying to figure out how to bed a white woman", I don't agree with that statement (and know many brother's who'd disaggree too) but why would he say it?

After white women have kids with black men, how many white men would be willing to raise black or "bi-racial" children?

Prejudice is in all of us, more than any of us want to admit. Society's message has not changed much over the years, black still equals bad, ugly, inferior etc. and you have many of us still dealing with issues of self-hate and ignorance about our history and culture. In my opinion, we have too much work to do within our race to focus on relationships outside. We all know you must love yourself before you can love anybody else, don't be fooled ladies.

11. How To Make White Men Appealing To White Women
Wed, Sep 29, 1999 - 12:18 PM/EST

I do not believe some white women would seek out
black men if white men were kind, compassionate,
appealing, and loving to these women. Just because
white men are in power does not mean that they
should not be held accountable for their actions.
White women who seek out black men because of
white men inadequacies should get together and
confront white men about their behavior and/or
lack of appeal. I am sure that some white men
would make an effort to change if for no other
reason than to keep white women out of the
hands of black men.

12. Response to hill
Wed, Sep 29, 1999 - 2:29 PM/EST

Do you honestly think that white men are THAT concerned with whether or not certain white women are interested in dating black men...enough to CHANGE THEMSELVES??? I think that is a bit naive. Men in general are comfortable and not interested in changing themselves just so a few women who didn't look at them before would give them a chance, I wouldn't date a guy if I knew he was only dating me to keep me "out of some black guy's hands."

13. Response to Britt
Thu, Sep 30, 1999 - 7:36 AM/EST

Yes, I do admit that I am naive as far as white
men are concerned. But I do know that the only
way to solve any problem is through honest
communication. Does it not bother you that
white men do not care about what you think? Maybe
if some white women would spend their energy and
time helping white men to become caring human
beings and less time running after black men, our
country and world might be a better place.

14. Resonse to hill
Thu, Sep 30, 1999 - 7:52 AM/EST

Why do you think that white women "run after black men?" What about the other way around? Why is it white women's fault that there are interracial relationships? It takes two to tango, and I'm sure if black men were not interested, it would be a different story.

I do not happen to chase black men down and beg them to date me...if my boyfriend and I should happen to break up, I won't go running around town looking for my next black victim!
As I've said before, I have dated both white and black men, and will probably do so again.
Oh, and how do you think the shape of the country would change if there were not interracial dating?

15. Response to Britt #14
Thu, Sep 30, 1999 - 11:02 AM/EST

Before I answer the questions you raised, I most
comment on your seemingly total lack of concern
for the plight of white men. It is a fact that
most white men do not go outside of their race for
companionship. So who else but the white woman
can possibly help the white man to become a more
caring and compassionate human being. Now to
answer your questions. Question 1: Why do I think
white women run after black men? I did not say
white women, I said "some" white women.

Unfortunately, I have seen some white women make
shameful spectacles of themselves in their effort
to attract black men. I have even been approached
by white women asking me if I would help them findblack men to date.

Question 2: What about black
men running after white women? You are correct
that some black men do run after white women. But,
I have never observed any noble reasons for thechase.

Question 3: Why is it white women's fault
that there are interracial relationships? I do
not perceive interracial relationships as a fault.
I was speaking about the white woman who dated
black men because white men had not been receptiveto her needs.

Question 4: How do I think the
shape of the country would change if there were
not interracial dating? If white women, who date
black men because they are dissatisfied with the
treatment received by white men, put their energy
into improving the lot of white men who rule this
country, I believe the benefits for all of uswould be great.

Black women are not thought of
too highly in this world. But, as a black woman,
I know that if a black man needs help in any area
of his life, there is a black woman who will be
there for him. I believe the most precious gift
that women bring to this planet is our compassion
and care for life. Women have a great
responsibility to impart these gifts to our boys
and men so we can create an environment where
these conversations will no longer be necessary.

16. response to hill #15
Thu, Sep 30, 1999 - 12:25 PM/EST

Hill, would I be right if I guessed that you
are just totally fed up with biracial dating,
or just black men/white women dating? I know
how you feel. I can understand people getting
together(all people)for companionship and what-
ever. But what I'm against, is going after any
race just because you think that you are going
to be any better off than you were before.

Example: I know a black woman who only dates
white men because she said black men don't know
how to treat women. I know a mexican guy who
only dates black women, because he says they
are better in bed. I know a white guy who dates
only black women because he says he likes the
contrast in skin color and the darker the better.
I know black men who only date white women for
for what they can get and vice versa, this is what I'm talking about.

I guess I'm against
the stereotypes. I know trying to find someone
is difficult, and if you meet a nice person and
they just happen to be another race well then
more power to you. But let that be the reason.

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